There are a number of things that can be considered as 'altruistic' behavior and help other people often come into the mix. However, one of the most interesting types of altruism involves volunteering to do something for a good cause - such as raising money for a local humanitarian organization or volunteering your time and talents to help people in some other way. Whether it's your time, your talents or your financial contribution; you can be sure that helping out will bring satisfaction to your mind, body and spirit. https://rismedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/charity-concept-several-people-hold-the-heart-vector-id1135365804-1080x627.jpg (https://rismedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/charity-concept-several-people-hold-the-heart-vector-id1135365804-1080x627.jpg) There are many ways that we can measure how much you are helping out in the world. One way is by how much time, money and energy you are spending in 'helping out'. But a lot of this depends on whether you are a 'personally religious' person or an 'intrinsically religious' person. People who are more intrinsically religious tend to be less likely to turn to helping out in other people's interests - such as with charity. People who are less likely to be intrinsically religious are more likely to turn to helping out in the world when they feel like doing something 'good'. This could be anything from donating money and services to volunteering your time and skills. For these types of people, being an 'enthusiast' (someone who believes in God) doesn't mean you are necessarily doing something good - it just means that you want to make a difference. The thing about being intrinsically religious is that it usually involves at least some amount of self-concern or self-demand. When you feel yourself working hard for something - be it money, skills, services or charity - you automatically give yourself credit for working hard. This is part of what has been described as the spirituality of self-concern: the ability to be proud of your actions and to be encouraged by what you have done. It therefore follows that people who are less religious are more self-concerned; they don't automatically regard themselves as being a good person simply because of their belief in a higher power. So how then do we tell the difference between religious and self-interested helping? Easy. Consider this difference in business. Business people aren't motivated by their own interest - they only care about their profit, though this does take precedence over everything else in their lives. Religious people are motivated by their faith in a higher power, even if this is only subconscious. In fact, their religious beliefs can actually cause them to be more motivated to help others. If you really think about it, altruistic action has always been motivated by one thing - self-interest. The difference between religious and non-religious helping is that the former give more importance to a belief in a higher power, and thus, a belief that helping people is a good thing, while the latter give little value to this belief but instead focus more on benefiting themselves. This makes it much easier for us to understand why it's harder for them to help people. This doesn't mean however, that we should overlook the other factors that can lead to an increase helping. For example, we all need help from time to time. Even those of us who consider ourselves very self-reliant, will find ourselves at a loss when we're suddenly confronted with an emergency situation or a crisis that requires our help. Religious people don't generally have these problems, because they are taught not to turn away from a higher source of help. Thus, the first characteristic of religious people - their belief in a higher power - gives them an advantage when helping others. https://cdn.thelifeyoucansave.org/uploads/2019/11/Screen-Shot-2015-07-13-at-1.53.34-PM.png (https://cdn.thelifeyoucansave.org/uploads/2019/11/Screen-Shot-2015-07-13-at-1.53.34-PM.png) Another factor is gender. While men are generally more emotionally in tune with helping others, women tend to be more internally religious. Women who are emotionally in tune with God are more likely to give generously to charity, and have greater faith in their ability to make things right in the world. While men are internally motivated to seek self-help through religion, women are more likely to internalize that motivation, so that they tend to give more generously to charity even though they don't necessarily believe in God. This difference in internal motivation between men and women has been shown to exist between the religious and non-religious, so these two factors are important in the equation of charitable giving.